TCOOP Frequently Asked Questions
The Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) is an annual tournament series that features 65 separate events all at high speed. It’s a huge, fun series with modest buy-ins and a wide variety of games. Below you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this series. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact Support.
TCOOP is the Turbo Championship of Online Poker, a faster cousin of WCOOP (World Champion of Online Poker), catering to MTT players who enjoy fast-paced tournament play. TCOOP fits nicely in the annual tournament schedule between WCOOP (in September) and SCOOP (in May).
TCOOP 2017 will run from January 18-29, 2017.
There are 65 events.
TCOOP buy-ins range from $7.50 to $2,100.
The Turbo format has grown hugely in popularity as it gives players the chance to play through an individual event more quickly than in a standard tournament. Players can reach the money, and even win the event, in much less time than it would take in a regular-speed event.
TCOOP events are very similar to SCOOP and WCOOP events in that they each have a great structure (deep stacks, slow level increases), with the primary difference being that the length of each level is shorter (much shorter in some cases) than it would be in a SCOOP or WCOOP event. For a standard TCOOP tournament, for example, each level is five minutes long, whereas in a standard WCOOP tournament, each level is 20 minutes long. Turbo tournaments take much less time to play than tournaments which use longer level lengths. TCOOP events will finish much more quickly than most WCOOP or SCOOP events, while still having structures which provide for excellent poker.
The prize is two-fold. For starters, each event has a minimum guaranteed prize pool. On top of the cash, there will also be a “Player of the Series” leader board which will award the following prizes:
|1||Champion's Trophy, $10,000 cash & 2017 SCOOP [M] Main Event Ticket worth $1,000|
|2||$5,000 cash & 2017 SCOOP [M] Main Event Ticket worth $1,000|
|3||$3,000 cash & 2017 SCOOP [M] Ticket worth $1,000|
|4||$2,000 cash & 2017 SCOOP [M] Ticket worth $1,000|
|5||$1,000 cash & 2017 SCOOP [M] Ticket worth $1,000|
|6-10||2017 SCOOP [M] Main Event Ticket worth $1,000|
|11-50||2017 SCOOP [L] Main Event Ticket worth $100|
|51-75||2017 SCOOP Deadline Turbo Ticket worth $55|
|76-100||2017 SCOOP Deadline Turbo Ticket worth $27|
|101-200||2017 SCOOP Deadline Turbo Ticket worth $7.50|
If you have a Stars Account that is valid for real money play you can enter. If you don’t yet have an account, it’s easy to download the free poker software and set one up. You can buy in directly, win a satellite for as little as $0.11 or even get in the game through StarsCoin satellites for as little as 1 StarsCoin.
You can buy directly into the events themselves with cash, tickets, or T$. Tickets to enter may be purchased in the VIP Store, or may be won in certain satellites which will be marked as awarding tickets. Satellites can be entered using cash and T$, and some accept StarsCoin. Some tournaments and satellites can be entered using Steps tickets.
Yes. If you win a seat to a TCOOP event in a satellite and then unregister from it, your account will be credited with T$ equal to the buy-in + fee of that event.
Unregistration will be available from the tournament lobby up until two minutes before the start of most events.
Note that this registration option applies to event seats won via satellite. Event tickets are not transferrable. Event tickets awarded via promotional tournaments must be used in that event or forfeited, as they have no value outside of the tournament to which they grant admission. Also please note that there will be some satellites which do not permit winners to unregister; these satellite types are clearly labelled in the registration window.
If you have already been awarded a ticket for a particular event, please do not play more promotional events which award the same ticket, since if you win the additional ticket will have no value. If you have won a promotional ticket for an event and are registered for that event, you may continue to play cash or StarsCoin satellites to that same event, and if you win you will be awarded T$ for the value of the seat.
T$ can be used to register into any of our online tournaments. VIPs can also sometimes use T$ to buy directly into live events. See the About Tournaments page to find out more. To check your T$ balance at any time, visit the Cashier.
For the TCOOP events themselves, yes, and our staff will be there to facilitate them. Please note that any deal will be required to leave a portion of the prize pool out of the deal to be awarded to the winner. The minimum amount to be left aside will be specified in the tournament lobby. For more details about deals, please see our poker Tournament Rules.
No. The intent of the satellites is to produce seats into the TCOOP and not just distribute T$ to people, therefore we are prohibiting final table deals during TCOOP satellites.
For subsequent seats after the first one you win, your account will be credited with T$ equal to the buy-in & fee of the target event.
Our standard Tournament Rules apply.
In such an event, players may take 1 rebuy during the rebuy period, and 1 add-on at the end of the rebuy period. Similarly, in an event marked [2R1A], players may take a maximum of 2 rebuys during the rebuy period, and 1 add-on at the end of the rebuy period. Stacks bought with rebuys and add-ons will be equivalent to the starting stack.
Ante Up is a tournament format where the blinds stay the same while the antes increase with every level. The antes are in place from the first level.
An Optional Re-Entry tournament allows players to re-join the field after they have been eliminated, with a fresh starting stack and in a new seat, as long as registration is still open and as long as they have not used up their maximum number of re-entry chances. The maximum number of re-entries for TCOOP events is displayed in the ‘Structure’ tab for the tournament.
Big Antes is a tournament format with antes larger than in a normal NL tournament structure.
A Little Splash is a special kind of turbo rebuy tournament in which the levels increase at turbo speed, but the rebuy time is twice as long as it would be in a normal turbo rebuy. Similarly, a standard Splash has three times the normal amount of rebuy time, and a Big Splash has four times the normal amount of rebuy time. The available chips - including the starting stack, rebuy, and add-on - are tailored to each event. Be sure to click the ‘Structure’ tab for detailed structure information.
There are no standard 2-Day events in the sense of one contiguous event starting on a certain day, pausing, and the resuming on the next day. However, we are offering two Phase events this year, one NL Hold’em and one NL Omaha Hi/Lo. For each Day (Phase) 2 in these events, there will be multiple Day (Phase) 1s available throughout the week(s) prior to the Day 2. Players may participate in as many Day 1s as they like, up until the point which they successfully qualify for Day 2.
In Knockout tournaments, a cash bounty is placed on every entrant in the tournament. Every time you eliminate somebody, you win a cash prize!
In a Knockout tournament, every player pays an extra buy-in, which serves as that player’s bounty. For example, a Knockout tournament might have a total buy-in of $4+$1+$0.40, of which $4 goes into the regular prize pool, $1 is each player’s bounty, and $0.40 is the tournament fee.
The percentage of the buy-in assigned to the Knockout is listed in the title of each Progressive Knockout event throughout the series. For example, in an event listed as ‘Progressive Knockout (33%)’, $2 of every $3 in the initial buy-in goes toward the regular prize pool, while $1 of every $3 in the buy-in goes toward the bounty pool.
A Shootout is a special kind of multi-table tournament. Normally, when you play in a multi-table tournament, players are moved from table to table, to balance the number of players at each table. Eventually, the last remaining players end up at the 'final table'. In a shootout, no such table balancing is done. You remain at your original table until only one player is left standing. If you win that table, you advance to another table and repeat the process against players who each won their first table.
Win the Button is a tournament format that awards the winner of each pot with the dealer button. Some Win the Button tournaments switch to normal button movement in the later stages of the tournament. Be sure to check the tournament lobby for more information.
Bubble Rush tournaments use variable level lengths and are designed to reach the money quickly, then slow down as players are eliminated and the prizes get bigger.
In a Zoom tournament, you can fold your hand and immediately move to a new table with new opponents (selected randomly from the entire pool of players who have entered the tournament). You can even use the ‘Fast Fold’ button to fold before it’s your turn to act. This makes it a fast poker format, as you don’t have to wait around for each hand to play out before playing the next one. Note that in Zoom tournaments, when the player pool gets small, with only the last few tables remaining, the tournament reverts back to a normal freezeout format.
During a mix-max tournament, the number of players at each table changes at predetermined times, for example all tables may start 9-handed, then switch to 6-handed, then 3-handed. This format is enabled by the creation of multiple tournaments which are linked together to form one coherent event, with initial entry only bring permitted in the first stage.
Important Note: Payouts in Mix-Max events are only ever made in the final part. For example, in a three-part Mix-Max event, no payouts will be made before part 3.
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